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2008 Race Begins For Indiana Governor

Senate Minority Leader Richard Young (D-Milltown), has become the first candidate to declare for the 2008 governor’s race.

Other potential Democratic candidates for governor are thought to include state Sen. Vi Simpson (D-Ellettsville), Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott, Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard, Evansville Mayor Jonathon Weinzapfel, former House speaker John Gregg, and former Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis.

While Gov. Mitch Daniels has not announced whether he will seek reelection, Mike McDaniel, a former state Republican chairman believes that he will.

I don’t see it myself. Daniels has spent his time in office alienating everyone he possibly could, from the citizens who elected him in the first place, to powerful members of his own party. While he is innovative, his autocratic style and insular governing practices–including the mass outsourcing of government by fiat–has infuriated many. But not high-level corporate executives, who love the money that he has thrown their way.

I predict that Mitch will not run again, but will instead seek a high-paying job in the private sector. Not only will he be welcomed with open arms by these companies, but his family life will benefit, too–his wife, Cheri, is a social climber who despises public service.

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There are 6 Comments to "2008 Race Begins For Indiana Governor"

  • Garrett says:

    Also remember that former congresswoman and former
    undersecretary of state Jill Long Thompson is seen
    as a strong contender.

  • Manfred says:

    Acknowledged. And I expect even more contenders to enter the race since this post was first published. It’ll probably be pretty wide open on the Democratic side; the Republican side will depend on whether or not Mitch runs for reelection.

  • bif guenthe says:

    Marion county Councilor Patrice Abduallah , district 15 is hosting a
    series of public forums.
    These public forums will be taking testimony from the public as to
    the conduct of the Indiana
    Department of Child Services.
    This is your chance to speak out about your treatment by DCS.
    Channel 16 and other media will be present .
    You will be limited to three minutes and the committee will accept
    written testimony.

    These forums will be at:

    June 7th 2007 Shortridge Middle School 6 Pm
    June 12 th IPS School #28 6pm
    June 21 th IPS School # 63 6pm
    June 26th John Marshall Middle School 6pm

    These locations can be found with Yahoo Map

    We of Honkforkids asked that you call Councilman Abduallah and thank
    him for the chance to speak up. His number is 317 262 8943

    http://www.honkforkids.com/videoindex.htm
    local 317-791-0889 or toll free 1-866-397-0705.

  • Manfred says:

    Thanks for the info.

  • Sharon says:

    You know. I have changed my mine about Mitch Daniels. He gets us out of our comfort zones. It was time for us to get shaken up. I decided to be open. What… me exercise. What…the state, thinking about getting out of debt. …you mean things have to be tough for a while. Even my friends who were at first not liking the time zone change, now say they really like getting out for walks and enjoying the evening with spouses and kids. I can now drive home safely from the lake before it gets really dark. Why go back. Why do we have to have politcal parties anyway? Aren’t we in Indiana- where we elect Bayh & Lugar year after year. They are from different parties. So many of us are just tired of the partisan stuff. Goverment works best when there is differences and are we so prejudice that we want only our own kind. Like we have a hold on all ideas. Please say there is more to us than that. The real question here is if you have courage to publish this as is, my friend.

  • Manfred says:

    Not to worry Sharon, I publish everything that sounds intelligent.
    In fact, I have no real quarrel with DST or with the Governor’s health program in general. We don’t really need a 60% obesity rate. I have a major problem with being penalized on health insurance for everything Mitch feels is destructive behavior, though, because this only adds to the stranglehold that industry has on our lives.
    I also question just how out of debt we really are. As a state employee, I still observe wastage at every level–except when it comes to paying employees or hiring enough to get the job done effectively.
    While monetary savings is a concern, it cannot be the highest priority in government. There is efficiency and then there is efficiency. In business, as the current administration is attempting to emulate, it’s all about money. But government is about more than enriching shareholders.
    In my opinion, Daniels is too corporate, and the only real change the people of Indiana will see in the long run from his efforts is a further split between the wealthy and those struggling for survival.